It is normal for people to have goals and dreams, but there is a clear difference between those who make their dreams come true and those who spend the rest of their lives wishing for what they could have achieved.
While some have great ideas and motivation to start something, not everyone has the guts and the willpower to actually make it happen, much like in business.
9 Harsh Truths You Need to Hear
One of the inherent traits of human beings is having the drive to be something more, do something better. This is the reason why there are many inventors and entrepreneurs, as they see a need or a gap and they do their best to fill it.
To fulfill your goal to be an entrepreneur or to start your dream venture, you need to become a better version of yourself.
While you might be content with what you have and who you are at the moment, to make it in the world of business, you have to accept some harsh truths that might be stopping you from reaching your full potential.
1. You Are The Only Thing that is Holding Yourself Back
Many people do not even get to Step 1 of fulfilling their dreams because they stay on Step Zero forever. This means even before they make an effort or just verbalize their goals and dreams, they have already put themselves down or held themselves back.
Many people are simply afraid or others do not believe in themselves enough. Whatever it is that you keep telling yourself, stop holding yourself back before you even try.
2. Step One Is Always The Hardest
Even if you finally psyched yourself up to follow your dreams, you might find that the beginning is the toughest, most confusing and most discouraging step of all. There are many reasons for this.
One is that the goals might be too big and therefore, too difficult to plan for and execute. You need to break them down into small steps and first make a baby step. Not only can you make your dream seem more achievable, but you also break down that huge goal into smaller and measurable ones.
Another reason is the lack of information. You might have a fantastic idea but simply lack the knowledge to figure out how to proceed. In this case, it is very important to do your research, ask people, observe, and also do some small experiments to know what the status quo is and where your idea fits in the big picture.
3. Great Things Take Time and Effort
Once you identify your main and smaller goals, you need to simply start making it happen. If you are developing a product, be prepared to spend a lot of time designing, creating, testing, and improving it before you can go further.
While our brains are hardwired to lean towards instant gratification, you can dictate to yourself that your goal can take much more time and work.
4. Not Everyone Will Support You
While people closest to you might be your biggest fans and cheerleaders, you will encounter many critical people nonetheless.
Some might be discouraging you out of jealousy or ambition (they want to succeed themselves) but simply accept that you will never please everyone. Your life can be so much more fulfilling when you do not think about what other people really say or think.
5. You Can’t Succeed Without Taking Big Risks
You will never be 100% sure that you will succeed, which is why you have to take a huge risk at times. If you will wait or expect this risk to be reduced to 0%, you will never get started.
Unfortunately, in life and in business, just because your idea makes complete sense does not mean everyone will agree and support you. You might have a perfect concept but you will never be able to fully predict nor control how people will react to it.
6. You Cannot Control Everything
The unfortunate truth is, despite your best efforts, you cannot make everything go your way. This is especially true when it comes to other people’s actions and behavior.
In these situations, you just need to let go and let things happen the way they will unfold. Of course, this does not also mean that you do not take action and simply wait for things to happen, but the art of letting go is vital in managing expectations and measuring effort.
7. You Can’t Do It All
In connection with the previous truth, no one can really be a jack of all trades. Even as an entrepreneur, you will need to get some individuals involved to make your business come to life.
For example, if you want to eventually manufacture a lot of products, you will need to work with a reputable logistics company to find ways to lessen your work and improve efficiency. When you let go and let other people contribute, you free yourself up to focus on other more important things as well.
8. It’s Okay to Fail
Failure gets a really bad reputation because of the strive and the drive to succeed. However, in the history of inventors and other innovators, the great products came about only after many mistakes and failure. The good thing about failing is that you can figure out what went wrong and improve it to make it work the next time.
9. Habits vs. Inspiration
While willpower and inspiration do matter in terms of pushing yourself to accomplish your goals and becoming successful, the right habits will influence more whether you will survive or not.
The important habits of an entrepreneur like hard work, discipline and thoroughness can have a direct effect on your finances and lifestyle. When you develop the habit, you can continue doing the action even without thinking twice about it.
These harsh truths are very important in not just becoming a better entrepreneur, but in also becoming a better individual overall.
They can be applied to almost every situation and to achieve any goal. It is our most unique trait as human beings to strive to become a better person, and these tips can help you achieve that.